.After spending years studying and finally getting to write your book, investing money in
editing and proofreading, your triumph and ego can be ruined by a bad review. Sometimes criticism can hurt deeply.
I had a bad review on my first book and I later learned that the person reviewing the book had only read the beginning, the middle and the ending. She missed the whole idea of what I was conveying to my readers. She later apologized and said, "I had so many books to review and I just couldn't finish them all."
Sometimes, bad reviews can lead to increased sales; they can increase consumer awareness of your book. Guess what happened to me? I got a promise of a movie deal, but I turned it down. My lawyer told me not to sign the contract because it was all for the producer and my publisher, with little or nothing for me. They stood a chance to make big bucks and I would end up with peanuts, plus left holding the bag. And, guess what else happened? This caused my book sales to soar because I went to the Hollywood book festival. Sales at the festival actually quadrupled.
If you're a new author, and you receive a bad review, brace yourself and hold on. Your book can gain positive publicity leading to great sales.